Dhanush Height Weight Age Body Statistics Biography

Dhanush Height Weight Age Biography Family Wiki Net Worth, Affairs, Marriage & much more. Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja (born 28 July 1983), known professionally as Dhanush, is an Indian actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, dancer and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. Starring in 44 films over his career, among Dhanush’s awards include 13 SIIMA Awards, nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards, four National Film Awards (two as actor and two as producer), and a Filmfare Award. He has been included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list six times, which is based on the earnings of Indian celebrities.

Dhanush’s first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja. He achieved further success in Polladhavan (2007) and Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008), both of which were critically acclaimed and commercially successful. His role as a rooster fight jockey in Aadukalam (2010) won him Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards and Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South. He continued success with films including 3 (2012), Maryan (2013), Anegan (2015), Kodi (2016), Vadachennai (2018) and Asuran (2019). Vadachennai emerged as the highest-grossing A-rated Tamil film of all time, while Asuran entered the 100 Crore Club earning a revenue of ₹100 crore within a month of its release, when adding the theatrical box office collections with non-theatrical revenue such as satellite, digital, and audio rights. During the 2010s, Dhanush also starred in the action comedy film series Maari (2015) & Maari 2 (2018) and Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014) and Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (2017).

In 2011, Dhanush’s popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di” from the romantic psychological thriller film 3 became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. He made his Bollywood debut with Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa (2013). His performance as an obsessive one-sided lover in the film won him the Best Male Debut Award and earned a Best Actor nomination at the 59th Filmfare Awards. Dhanush produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films, and he made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi (2017). His song “Rowdy Baby” from Maari 2 became one of the most-viewed Indian songs of all time. It is the only South Indian video song to receive 1 billion views on YouTube. Dhanush won his second National Film Award for Best Actor for Asuran (2019).

Early and Personal Life

Dhanush was born as Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja on 28 July 1983. He entered acting after being pressured by his brother, director Selvaraghavan.

Dhanush married Aishwarya, Rajinikanth’s eldest daughter on 18 November 2004. They have two sons named Yatra and Linga, who were born in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

Dhanush Height Weight Age Body Statistics Biography

Birth nameR K Vengadesha Prabu
Real nameVenkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
Other nameDhanush K Raja
Profession(s)Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Lyricist, Screenwriter, and Playback Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 175 cm
in meters– 1.75 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms– 70 kg
in pounds– 154 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 38 inches
– Waist: 30 inches
– Biceps: 11 inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (Tamil; As an actor): Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002) as Mahesh
Film (Hindi; As an actor): Raanjhanaa (2013) as Kundan Shankarin
Film (English; As an actor): The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2015) as Lavash Patel
Film (Tamil; As a producer): 3 (2012)
Film (Tamil; As a lyricist): Kadhal En Kadhal from ‘Mayakkam Enna’ (2011)
Awards, Honours, AchievementsNational Film Awards
2010: Best Actor for Aadukalam
2014: Best Children’s Film (co-producer) for Kaaka Muttai

2015: Best Feature Film in Tamil (co-producer) for Visaranai
2019: Best Actor for Asuran

Filmfare Awards (Bollywood)
2013: Best Debutant Actor for Raanjhanaa

Filmfare Awards South
2011: Best Actor for Aadukalam
2012: Best Male Playback Singer for Why This Kolaveri Di from the film 3
2012: Best Actor for 3
2013: Critics Best Actor award for Maryan
2014: Best Actor for Velaiyilla Pattathari
2015: Best Film for Kaaka Muttai (co-producer)
2018: Best Actor for Vada Chennai

Vijay Awards
2008: Best Entertainer of the Year for Yaaradi Nee Mohini
2011: Best Crew (actor) for Aadukalam
2012: Best Lyricist for “Po Nee Po” from 3
2013: Best Crew (producer) for Ethir Neechal
2014: Best Actor for Velaiyilla Pattathari

South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA)
2011: Best Actor for Aadukalam
2011: Best Male Playback Singer for “Voda Voda” from Mayakkam Enna

IIFA Utsavam
2015: Best Lyricist – Tamil for “Don-u Don-u Don-u” from Maari
2018: Best Actor for Vada Chennai
2018: Best Film for Vada Chennai (co-producer)

Edison Awards (India)
2013: Best Actor for Maryan
2018: Best Actor for Vada Chennai
2019: Best Actor for Asuran

Note: He has many more accolades to his name.
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 July 1982 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2022)40 Years
BirthplaceGovernment Children’s Hospital in Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac signLeo
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
SchoolThai Sathya Matriculation High School, Chennai
College/UniversityMadurai Kamaraj University
Educational QualificationBachelor of Computer Application (distance education)
CasteNaicker (Backward class community)
Food HabitVegetarian
Controversies• There were reports that Shruti Haasan and Dhanush got carried away while shooting for a romantic scene on the sets of ‘3’ movie in 2011, which later turned out to be an affair. However, Dhanush’s wife slammed such rumours.

• In November 2016, Kathiresan and Meenaal, an old couple from Thiruppuvanam, Tamil Nadu, claimed that they were the real parents of Dhanush. They said that Dhanush’s original name was ‘Kalaiyarasan,’ and he left the house in 2002 after his poor scores in exam results, after which he came to Chennai to become an actor and never visited them again. Not only this, they filed a complaint in the local police station and the Chief Minister’s special cell, and appealed the authorities to help them “in getting their son back” and asked for a monthly maintenance of ₹65000/month from Dhanush. Later, it was found that there was no truth to the couple’s claim.

• In 2017, Dhanush was accused of sexual assaults by the South Indian singer RJ Suchitra in one of her tweets. Later, her husband said that she was in depression, and her Twitter account was hacked.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/Girlfriends• Aishwarya R. Dhanush
• Shruti Haasan (Actor; rumoured in 2011)
• Trisha Krishnan (Actor; rumoured)
Marriage Date8 November 2004
Marriage PlaceRaghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai
Wife/SpouseAishwarya R. Dhanush (Director and Classical Dancer, m. 2004-present)
ChildrenSon(s)– Yatra (born; 2006) and Linga (born; 2010)
ParentsFather– Kasthuri Raja (Filmmaker)
Mother– Vijaylakshmi
SiblingsBrother– Selvaraghavan (Elder, Director)
Sisters– K. Vimala Geetha, Karthika Devi (Doctor)
Other RelativeFather-in-law- Rajinikanth (Actor)
Favourite Things
FoodIdiyappam, Kadala Curry
Actor(s)Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks
Actress(es)Simran, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Monica Bellucci
Film(s)Netri Kann (1981), Baashha (1995), Pudhupettai (2006), and Drushyam (2014)
Song“Thendral Vanthu Theendum Pothu” from the film ‘Avatharam’ (2014)
BookLove Story by Erich Segal
Sport(s)Tennis, Snooker, Football
Football ClubFC Barcelona
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Audi A8
• Bentley Continental Flying Spur
• Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2
• Jaguar XE
Money Factor
Net WorthRs. 31.75 crore (as of 2019)

Acting career

2002–2010: Career beginnings

Venkatesh Prabhu adopted the screen name “Dhanush” after being inspired by the fictional covert operation from Kuruthipunal (1995). He debuted in the 2002 film Thulluvadho Ilamai, directed by his father Kasthuri Raja, which became a sleeper hit. He then appeared in his brother Selvaraghavan’s first directorial venture Kaadhal Kondein in 2003. The film portrayed Dhanush as a mentally-disturbed youth, Vinodh, who yearned for the love of his friend, eventually turning possessive of her. Upon release, the film won critical acclaim and also became a major commercial success, eventually becoming Dhanush’s first major breakthrough in Tamil cinema. His next film was Thiruda Thirudi.

In 2004, Dhanush appeared in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan and Sullan. Later, he also appeared in Dreams, another film panned by critics. The film was directed by his father, like their previous ventures. In 2005, Dhanush appeared in Devathaiyai Kanden and in the same year, he also worked on Balu Mahendra’s Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. In 2006, Dhanush worked under his brother in their gangster film Pudhupettai.The film, about a young man’s journey from street urchin to gangster received critical acclaim, with Dhanush’s performance receiving especial praise. Dhanush went on to star in the commercial entertainer Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam, romancing Shriya Saran.

Dhanush’s first release of 2007, Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram did not go well.The film was a remake of the successful Kannada language film Jogi. However, his second film Polladhavan was released during Diwali 2007. Polladhavan was based on the 1948–Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves and Dhanush’s performance was appreciated.

The remake of a Telugu film directed by his brother formed the plot line for Dhanush’s next movie directed by debutant Mithran Jawahar. The movie was titled Yaaradi Nee Mohini.He later appeared in a cameo appearance, for his father-in-law Rajinikanth’s venture Kuselan. His subsequent venture was Suraj’s Padikathavan, which was released in January 2009. His performance was praised and well received.His next two films Kutty and Uthama Puthiran, were both collaborations with director Mithran Jawahar.

2015–present: Experimental projects

Dhanush’s next release in 2015 was the action comedy Maari, featuring Kajal Aggarwal, Robo Shankar and Vijay Yesudas. Directed by Balaji Mohan and composed by Anirudh Ravichander, it was released worldwide on 17 July 2015. He also appeared in Thanga Magan, directed by Velraj with Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Amy Jackson, K. S. Ravikumar and Raadhika. In 2016, Dhanush appeared Thodari, which was an action thriller film set on a train and Kodi, a political action thriller.

He played a cameo in his directorial debut Power Paandi, which released on 14 April 2017.Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, directed by his sister-in-law Soundarya Rajinikanth, was his first film of 2017 as a lead actor. He penned the story and dialogues for movie. as well as producing it. It was one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of 2017. His films Vadachennai and Maari 2, a sequel to Maari, were released in 2018. Vadachennai was praised by critics and emerged as the highest-grossing A-rated Tamil film of all time,while Maari 2 got mixed reviews. Dhanush’s first international film, titled The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, released in 2019 worldwide and was a flop. His main 2019 release, Asuran, was praised by critics for its gritty portrayal of land and caste violence and became a box office success, entering the 100 Crore Club for grossing ₹100 crore within a month of its release. His next release, a romantic thriller titled Enai Noki Paayum Thota was released on 29 November 2019 after several delays due to financial problems and it received mixed reviews.

Dhanush’s first 2020 release, on Pongal, was the martial arts action film Pattas, directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar, in which he played a double role. The film received negative reviews. Dhanush joined the ensemble cast of Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Russo brothers Netflix produced film The Gray Man.

Dhanush’s first 2021 role was his starring role in Karnan, directed by Mari Selvaraj, and featuring Lal, Natarajan Subramaniam, Yogi Babu, Rajisha Vijayan, Gouri Kishan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli alongside him. The film released on 9 April, to admiring reviews. His next project was black comedy gangster movie ‘Jagame Thandhiram’, written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj, which releaesd on 18 June 2021. The movie also featured Aishwarya Lekshmi and James Cosmo. It received mixed reviews from critics. He also starred in Aanand L. Rai’s August 2021 film Atrangi Re, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan. This was Dhanush’s third Bollywood venture, and he received positive reviews.


Dhanush occasionally records music, generally for his own films. He was introduced as a playback singer in Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan, by its composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and collaborated again with him in his brother Selvaraghavan’s directorial, Pudhupettai. He sang further numbers in Selvaraghavan’s films Aayirathil Oruvan and Mayakkam Enna; the former featured him alongside his wife Aishwarya Rajinikanth.

“Why this Kolaveri Di” was released on YouTube in 2011 as part of the soundtrack to the film 3, the directorial debut of Aishwarya Dhanush. The song became the most searched video in India. Anirudh Ravichander was the soundtrack composer for the film and Dhanush wrote much of the lyrics. He has also sung “No Problem” in the Kannada movie Vajrakaya and “Thikka” in the Telugu movie Thikka.


2002Thulluvadho IlamaiMaheshTamil
2003Kaadhal KondeinVinodTamil
2003Thiruda ThirudiVasuTamil
2004Pudhukottaiyilirundhu SaravananSaravananTamil
2004SullanSubramani (Sullan)Tamil
2005Devathaiyai KandenBabuTamil
2005Adhu Oru Kana KaalamSeenuTamil
2006PudhupettaiKokki KumarTamil
2006Thiruvilaiyaadal AarambamThiru KumaranTamil
2007Parattai Engira Azhagu SundaramAzhagu Sundaram (Parattai)Tamil
2008Yaaradi Nee MohiniVasuTamil
2009PadikkadavanRadhakrishnan (Rocky)Tamil
2011AadukalamK. P. KaruppuTamil
2011Mayakkam EnnaKarthik SwaminathanTamil
2013Proprietors: Kammath & KammathHimselfMalayalam
2013Ethir NeechalHimselfTamil
2013RaanjhanaaKundan ShankarHindi
2013NaiyaandiChinna VanduTamil
2014Velaiilla PattadhariRaghuvaranTamil
2015ShamitabhDanish (Shamitabh)Hindi
2015AneganAshwin / Murugappa / KaaliTamil
2015Vai Raja VaiKokki KumarTamil
2015Thanga MaganThamizhTamil
2016KodiKodi / AnbuTamil
2017Pa PaandiPaandian PazhanisamiTamil
2017Velaiilla Pattadhari 2RaghuvaranTamil
2018The Extraordinary Journey of the FakirAjatashatru Lavash PatelEnglish
2018Vada ChennaiAnbuTamil
2018Maari 2Maariyappan “Maari”Tamil
2019Enai Noki Paayum ThotaRaghuTamil
2020PattasShakthi / ThiraviyaperumalTamil
2021Jagame ThandhiramSuruliTamil
2021Atrangi Re Film has yet to be releasedVishnuHindi
2022The Gray Man films that have not yet been releasedTBAEnglish
2022Maaran Film has yet to be releasedTBATamil
2022Thiruchitrambalam Film has yet to be releasedTBATamil
2022Naane Varuven Film has yet to be releasedTBATamil

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